Most know him as Beyoncé’s hubby, but others credit him as an influential rapper, businessman, and music mogul. Jay-Z has been around for well over 20 years and his full service entertainment company, Roc Nation, has been at the forefront of the performance industry since 2008. The company is known for managing big name artists and sports players like Megan Thee Stallion, Rihanna, Kyrie Irving, and LiAngelo Ball.
Roc Nation is expanding its reach by moving into education, creating opportunities for aspiring students to be involved with such an influential brand. The Roc Nation School of Music, Sports, and Entertainment will be a new addition to Long Island University’s degree programs this upcoming fall.
Students will be able to pursue degrees in Applied Music, Sports Management, Vocal Performance, Sports Communication and Marketing, and Music Technology, Entrepreneurship and Production in the center of Brooklyn, New York. This one-of-a-kind partnership,“will give students an insider’s view of the music industry and unlock a world of opportunity,” according to the school’s website. Students will have immediate access to world-renowned artists and professionals, experienced professors, immersive internships, and a wide network of accomplished experts in their field of study.
Roc Nation Hope Scholarships will support a debt-free education for 25% of enrolled students whose expected family contribution is equal to zero. Scholars would have to maintain a 3.0 GPA and complete 30 credits a year, but will receive special mentorship, career and internship opportunities, and enrichment activities. Along with collegiate education, the school will also offer summer residential camps and year-round Saturday programs for young creatives aged 10-18.
Well-known hottie, Megan Thee Stallion, announced on her Instagram that she would be granting a lucky student a full ride scholarship to the new Roc Nation School. Students can apply at APPLY.LIU.EDU/RN. The deadline is July 15th.
The Roc Nation School of Music, Sports, and Entertainment is showing a strong commitment to the growth and development of the future of the entertainment industry. It’s inspiring to see an artist actively pour into those that want to break barriers and create influential work. There is no doubt that talent will flourish in this program full of immense resources in the heart of New York.
By Kyla Hubbard, Rising Sophomore, Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University